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Title
Personal decisionmaking styles and long-term care choices.
First Author
Maloney, Susan K
Date of Pub
1996 Fall
Pages
141-155
Volume
18
Issue
1
Other Authors
Andresen, Julie; Bloom, Diane L; Finn, Jeffrey
Abstract
To learn more about how older people make decisions about long-term care (LTC), in-depth interviews were conducted with 63 elderly individuals and 56 of their relatives to obtain information on the decisionmaking process. This qualitative research showed that LTC decisionmaking does not always follow typical consumer decisionmaking models, in which a consumer seeks a product or service, selects among the alternatives, and assesses the choice. Further, the interviews yielded four long-term care decisionmaking styles among older adults related to their degree of planning or not planning. This study underscores the need to develop tailored communications for older people and their families aimed at encouraging appropriate and cost-effective use of LTC services.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Decision Making : Patient Acceptance of Health Care : Activities of Daily Living : Advance Directives : Aged : Aged, 80 and over : Communication : Family : Health Services Research/methods : Housing for the Elderly/utilization : Human : Interviews : Long-Term Care/utilization : Medicare : Nursing Homes/utilization : Public Policy : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't : United States
NTIS Number
PB99-106494